How to make homemade Chicken Salad!

Chicken Salad - Too Easy!

Chicken Salad – Too Easy!

Owie… chicken salad. Yum! It’s so quick and easy to make, and you can put in it what YOU like! You have options (I love options!), you can use mayo, or Greek yogurt, or a mixture of the two… you control your own destiny… woohoo!

How to make it… there really isn’t a recipe exactly, you put in it what you like…

How to poach chicken: Place a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a wide pan. Be careful to not put too many in the pan. Depending upon the size of your pan, 2-4 chicken breasts should fit. Next… add water, covering the chicken by a few inches (note: some people use chicken broth and spices, veggies, etc. I didn’t). Add a little salt.

Bring the water to a boil and then turn the burner down so that it is slowly simmering (where you see a few small bubbles, but not a big rolling boil)! I’ve done the rolling boil thing before and it’s basically… chicken jerky ;) Not good!

Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat. COVER the pot and let the chicken sit in the water for another 15-20 minutes (depending upon the size of the chicken breasts). After 20 minutes poaching in the pan, take them out and shred with two forks (is how I do it). Cubed chicken wigs me out. It’s not right. But it is easier and quicker, so if you can eat chicken cubes, go for it!

Making the chicken salad… Decide what you want in it… I used a little mayo the first time, but I’ll try Greek yogurt next time (if I’m going to eat it all the same day). I used chopped walnuts, chopped celery and grapes (I cut some in half but left some whole), use any spices that you like (I used a dash of curry powder, which turns it a little yellow which is nice). It’s great to eat alone, or as a sandwich, with crackers, etc. Great protein, and only as much fat as you add to it!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

JAMBOREE with outstanding talent!

Jamboree

Monhegan Island, located ten miles off the coast of Maine. It’s a small island with the most creative, amazing people you will ever find. They find ways to entertain (other than TV, electronics, etc.) – This Jamboree was brilliant! Talent like I’ve not heard in a long time. It really is like life the way it should be!

Appreciate the little things in life, those little things are the best things!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Farmer’s Market… the island way!

Monhegan Farmers Market

I have never seen a fresher farmer’s market than the one I saw on Monhegan this year! They were literally picking veggies right before the market opened. The table was set up with beautiful displays. The veggies didn’t last long. *POOF* gone! What a treat!

Wherever you are, treat yourself to fresh fruits and veggies. Check out your local Farmer’s Market, or your local store that may carry local produce!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Monhegan: friends, new and old… and memories to last a lifetime!

Monhegan Sunset

Ok, we’re just back from a trip to Monhegan, so I need to catch up on a few things, and I thought I would share just a few photos this week of Monhegan, then I promise, I’ll be back to my normal posting!

This was taken during dinner (sorry Fred!), grabbed my phone and headed outside to get a few shots of the stunning sunset. Monhegan is situated across from another island, Manana. The light on the right is on the wharf (Monhegan). Lobster boats dot the coast.

This place is Heaven. Truly!

I was so happy to meet up with old friends, new friends and everyone in between! This was a super special trip. One I will always remember!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

House Plan: Coosaw River Cottage (C0030) by Allison Ramsey Architects!

Coosaw River Cottage plan (C0030) by Allison Ramsey Architects. This plan is 1,705 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Quite the charming cottage plan isn’t it? It’s got charm and character as well as a lovely front porch!

Here you see the front porch, and the back screened porch, allowing the gentle breeze to flow into your bedroom in the cooler months. What could be better? I love the layout of this plan with the open living and dining spaces, a very functional kitchen and breakfast area as well as a master bedroom/bathroom downstairs.

The upstairs is perfect as it is! Lots of room to have your own space! As well as storage, office, treadmill or studio space. This was very well thought out! Usually there is something I would change here or there out of personal preference, but this one pretty much hits the nail on the head for me!

All images via AllisonRamseyArchitects.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist… Shaun Downey!

Into the Distance by Shaun Downing - Available at Galerie de Bellefeville

Into the Distance by Shaun Downey – Available at Galerie de Bellefeville

Shaun Downey. An amazing artist from Canada. His paintings draw you in. Just look at the classy elegance of Into the Distance. I wonder what she’s looking at? Is she waiting for her date to arrive? Is that him far in the distance? I love possibilities… and stories, all told through a painting without saying a single word. Very. Cool. Check out more of Shaun’s work, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s quite amazing!

A bit about Shaun from Galerie de Bellefeville’s website (in Montreal, Quebec (Canada))

As outside viewers, we find ourselves longing to understand who Shaun Downey’s subjects are. What their lives are like, and which chain of events led them to the exact moment the artist has captured. His meticulously rendered paintings call out to be understood, but we the viewer are left to make our own assumptions.

Shaun Downey strives to breathe fresh life into realist painting by combining classical ideals within the context of his own life and surroundings. His paintings have elements of decades past, but are firmly grounded in present day. Often painting his wife and friends within the confines of his home, we are allowed a voyeuristic glance into his world as he reveals his efforts to capture the fleeting beauty of modern life.

Image via ShaunDowney.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!